THE NATUROPATHIC APPROACH TO DIGESTIVE DISORDERS
Good Health starts with Good Digestion
Your digestive system is one of the most important systems in the whole body. If your body cannot properly digest and absorb nutrients and eliminate waste products, then it is difficult if not impossible to achieve optimal health.
Proper gut function is critical to addressing many seemingly unrelated conditions.
If your gut is not happy, your body is not happy!
Poor digestion impacts more than you may realize!
When something goes wrong during the process of digestion, it affects not just your gut, but can have a wide range of affects on the rest of the body. It can affect your immune system, nutrient absorption, allergies, inflammation and energy production.
Even if you eat an ideal diet, if your body is not breaking down, absorbing, and utilizing your nutrients, it won’t matter what food you put on your plate because your body won’t be able to use it.
Common medications taken to suppress stomach acid may actually make digestion worse, and often limit your body’s ability to absorb nutrients such as calcium.
Poor digestive enzyme function can lead to trouble breaking down food which in turn can contribute to indigestion, gas, bloating, and constipation.
A significant portion of your immune system resides in your digestive track to keep microbes and allergens from getting into our bodies. If you digestive system isn’t healthy, neither is this gut immune function, making your prone to immune dysfunction.
Naturopathic Medicine excels in working with digestive problems
Naturopathic doctors receive extensive training in understanding the complexities and interrelations of digestive wellness and overall body health. We are well versed in natural health approaches to specific digestive disorders such as IBS, heartburn, and ulcers as well as less obviously digestive-related conditions such as autoimmune disease, allergies, and migraines.
Digestive Disorders helped by naturopathic medicine:
- Constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Celiac disease, gluten-intolerance
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis
- Intestinal dysbiosis (gut microflora imbalances or intestinal candida overgrowth)
- Food allergies
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Acid reflux / Heartburn / GERD
- Indigestion, gas, bloating
- Pancreatic enzyme insufficiency
- Gall bladder
- Hepatitis, liver congestion or fatty liver (non-alcoholic steatic hepatitis)
- Diverticulosis or diverticulitis
Other conditions related to digestion helped by naturopathic medicine:
- Auto-immune diseases
- Migraines and headaches
- Weight gain or loss
- Joint pain, arthritis
- Mental-emotional fogginess
Our approach to digestive wellness
The naturopathic doctors at Lewis Family Natural Health see digestion as a key piece to any naturopathic plan. Different approaches to digestive wellness might include dietary modification, food allergy identification and desensitization, homeopathic remedies, immune support, high-quality probiotics, and additional testing.